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1A DOM TONGA FINALFocus on Whales  ... a note from Dom

The sheer immensity of a whale is guaranteed to raise your heartbeat when you're in the water "face-to-face".
  Their intriguing behavior, the eerie sound of their singing, the outrageous photo ops & the fact that most of the trips are for divers & non-divers alike  ...  translate to memorable moments.  I'm always happy to chat about the various options, so don't hesitate to give me a shout  .... Cheers, Dom

SILVER BANK HUMPBACKS

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Humpback whales in the Caribbean
Dates available in 2023 & 2024


We carefully choose operations where you can easily & safely swim with the whales & where the animals are protected & respected.  The stunning Silver Bank in the Caribbean offers clear, relatively warm water where you'll have carefully monitored encounters with awesome humpbacks.


SILVER BANK, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC .... A SANCTUARY FOR OCEAN GIANTS


The Silver Bank lies in a Marine Sanctuary - an area 1680 square kilometers (about 650 square miles), located north of the Dominican Republic and approximately the same distance from the Turks & Caicos Islands.

The Silver Bank provides a safe wintering haven, from January until April, for a vast majority of the North Atlantic Humpback Whale population who gather here by the thousands to court, mate, calve, and rear their young.   The banks offer safety and protection to females and their calves until the young are strong enough to make the trip back to the North Eastern U.S. coast.

You will have the opportunity to slip gently & quietly over the side of your tender, often to end up nearly nose-to-nose with an ocean giant.  We can't say this enough times ... there is simply nothing like it. 

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One of the beauties is that this is an ocean activity for divers & non-divers alike, as diving is not allowed with the whales.  The buzz is that they don't like the bubbles (perhaps the sound of our breathing ?).  But, the bottom line is that if you are comfortable in the water, can swim and snorkel ... this experience can be yours. 

To watch a mother humpback teaching her calf to breathe, dive & resurface ... to watch the calves gain strength and frolic like any earth animal ... is nothing short of spectacular.   And, the calves tend to be quite curious ... so don't be surprised if they come close to check you out !  No worries, however.  You'll always have a professional with your small group to ensure that all snorkelers are on their best "whale behavior" .... and that those HUGE babies don't  come TOO close !

The whales are indeed immense ... but the sheer grace they exhibit in the water is comparable to the finest ballet ever danced on a stage.  And, when one of these beauties approaches you and stares into your eyes ... you'll never doubt the intelligence & spirit of the being you're facing. It's a moment you'll never forget ....


We work with three operators whose trips run January to early April :

Aggressor Fleet
Aquatic Adventures
Conscious Breath Adventures

You'll find overviews of the programs below.  Don't hesitate to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for additional details or to book.  You will find spaces available to the general public by clicking on the Live Search for Spaces buttons.  

Private charters with available spaces can be found here : CHARTERS & SPECIAL EXPEDITIONS


SEA HUNTER

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LIVE SEARCH FOR SPACES

One of the 3 operators we highly recommend is Conscious Breath Adventures. Their trips are on the fabulous Sea Hunter (of Cocos Island fame).  Not only do these trips receive rave reviews, Gene Flipse is a force to be reckoned with in the world of whale conservation....   continue reading

In any of the encounters here in the Silver Bank, participants may use mask, snorkel and fins; but no SCUBA or rebreather equipment of any type is allowed.   Because it is snorkeling-only, the experience of swimming with the humpback whales is open to participants of all skill levels.   By entering the water quietly and floating peacefully as a group, the participants minimize any disturbance to the whales and then allow the whale to choose to approach or not.

It is an encounter in their environment, on their terms.  You may never have more supreme moments in the water ....

Your home away from home on this adventure will be the Sea Hunter. She's 115 feet & takes up to 20 guests in 10 individually decorated cabins..

Daily excursions to encounter the humpback whales are conducted aboard our two purpose-built whale boats, Pec & Fluke.   They are each 25′ (7.5m) fiberglass boats, with a wide 9′ (2.75m) beam that offers a stable ride to the guests.    Built for open water, each boat has an unsinkable, foam flotation filled hull and twin four stroke outboard engines. Having twin engines adds safety and dependability, and because they are four stroke, they are quiet and have low emissions.

Sea Hunter details


TURKS & CAICOS EXPLORER II

Aquatic Adventures

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The poppular Turks & Caicos Explorer II begins its trek following humpback whales migrating south, and spends the following 11 weeks (through the end of March) on the Silver Bank ....   continue reading

You can join Humpback Whale expert Tom Conlin of Aquatic Adventures for one of his unique "Whales of the Silver Bank" expeditions.  He's been working with these whales for more than 25 years.

Snorkelers have the rare opportunity, not watch from a crowded tour boat, but actually enter the water and swim with majestic humpback whales while they fulfill an instinctual migrating ritual before the inquisitive eyes of visiting snorkelers. It's incredible!

These special itineraries offer up to 18 lucky guests the opportunity to spend a week both topside and in the water (snorkel only), experiencing the majesty of these incredible creatures.  And, Tom loves transmitting the knowledge he's gained over all of these years, so you'll benefit from both his hard work and his passion.

The M/V Turks & Caicos Explorer II is a 124 ft. vessel with a 22 ft. beam that sleeps 20 passengers. Comfortable, spacious and luxurious, the liveaboard adds the final touch to an extraordinary adventure.

Due to Tom Conlin's popularity, these trips fill exceedingly quickly each year. If you're interested, don't hesitate!

Turks & Caicos Explorer details


TURKS & CAICOS AGGRESSOR II

Aggressor Adventures

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The lovely Turks and Caicos Aggressor II is another excellent choice for swimming with humpback whales at the Silver Bank.....   continue reading

The Turks & Caicos Aggressor II has two 17 ft. long by 7 ft. wide, aluminum V-hull boats with 18 " pontoons that hold 11 people in each one. They are fitted with a dive ladder for easy exiting, a full-length bimini top for sun protection, 2 50 hp 4-stroke Yamaha engines for extra safety and a VHF radio.

Inflatables (with bimini tops) are launched several times daily and are solely used to bring you closer to the whales.   Inflatable runs last one and a half to three hours depending on the proximity of whale activity and time of day.

During your week with the whales you will have the opportunity to observe then at close range .... both from above-the-water viewings and "soft" in-water encounters.

You'll see them spin and play, hear their haunting songs resonating through the water and sense the power and grace of some of the most intelligent mammals on earth - it’s a life-changing experience!

All whale charters depart from Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic.

Turks & Caicos Aggressor II details

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